Near perfect conditions produce record results
By Scott Englert Scott@kcprepreport.com
BLUE SPRINGS — Some of the best athletes in Kansas City put their athleticism to the test Saturday, May 20, at the MSHSAA Class 4/5 Sectional 4 Track & Field Championships held at Blue Spring’s South High School. Take a look at some of the top performers of the day.
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Jeremiah Wilson, Jr., Center HS
It’s not often you see an athlete the size of Jeremiah Wilson be able to put up a time of 10.80 seconds in the 100-meter dash, but that’s exactly what happened on Saturday. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior took home first place in the 100 meters as well as anchoring the winning legs of the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays. He also added a second-place finish in the 200.
Wilson takes the fourth-fastest 200 time and fifth-fastest 100 time into the Class 4 state meet this upcoming weekend. After not qualifying individually as a sophomore,Wilson looks to make his mark this year.
Clayton Adams, Sr., Kearney HS
There are those special athletes who have the ability to make things look easy. Kearney senior Clayton Adams is one of those rare people. Adams raked in four gold medals on Saturday in the 800, 1600, 3200 and 4 x 800 relay.
Last year at the state championships he finished first in the 1600, fourth in the 3200 and 13th in the 800-meter run. His winning time of 1 minute, 55 seconds in the 800 on Saturday would have earned him a gold medal at last year’s state championships.
Adams looks to add to his resume as one of Kearney High School’s most decorated track and field athletes of all time.
Osayi Omorodion, Fr., North Kansas City HS
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Omorodion blew past the field in Saturday’s sectional meet and posted a 14.88 result in the 100-meter hurdles. The freshman from North Kansas City High School is no stranger to competing at high levels. Last summer she became a four-time AAU National Junior Olympics hurdles champion and eight-time national medalist.
She just missed out on qualifying for the MSHSAA state championships in the long jump earning a fifth-place spot on Saturday. The future is certainly bright, but getting the top spot on the podium in the 100 hurdles will be no easy task during her prep career. Two other freshmen across the state have posted times faster than Omorodion. The 100 hurdles final this weekend will feature some of the state’s most talented underclassmen with three freshmen and two juniors having the fastest times in the state.
Kaitlyn Lewis, Jr., Liberty HS
In each of the past two seasons Lewis finished as the state runner-up in the 400 meters at the MSHSAA Championships. It appears Lewis is on a mission to finish on the top spot on the podium this year. She posted her fastest time of the season this past Saturday and will look to take that momentum into this weekends state finals. Her time of 55.64 is the top result in the state this year.
For good measure, Lewis also picked up gold in the 200 meters, besting second-place finisher Alijah Venerable of Blue Springs South. Her time of 25.36 puts her just outside of the top 10 times in the state for this season. Lewis will also be competing on the schools 4 x 200 and 4 x 400 teams at state.
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